The Dallas Mavericks had a promising Game 2 against the Golden State Warriors, yet were unable to get the win. But there was hope for the Mavericks that returning to their home court could help in them getting their first win in the Western Conference Finals.
As it turns out, home court was not enough, as the Warriors picked up the 109-100 victory over the Mavericks to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. For the record, there has been no team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit in the NBA Playoffs.
NBA Twittre ready to hand Warriors NBA title after Game 3 win over Mavs
Warriors about to sweep this Mavs team and I don't see the Heat or Celtics stopping them. No. 4 on the way for Steph, Klay, and Draymond.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) May 23, 2022
The Warriors are millennial’s Bulls
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) May 23, 2022
The Warriors are going to the Finals
— Brian Witt (@Wittnessed) May 23, 2022
“What happens if the Warriors don’t sign KD but use that money to fill out the rest of the roster?” Playing out in real time
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) May 23, 2022
That extends an NBA record of 26 consecutive playoff series that the Warriors have won a road game. This core will always get at least one in your building.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) May 23, 2022
Mavericks have a real strong case to be considered this season's biggest overachievers.
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) May 23, 2022
the mavericks trying to make one last run to save their season and the crowd sounding mildly interested seems less than ideal.
— Josh Bowe (@Boweman55) May 23, 2022
Andrew Wiggins took all of the fight out of the Dallas Mavericks.
— Steve Berman (@BASportsGuy) May 23, 2022
If there was one viral moment in the game, it was not Curry tripping over a vendor. No, it involved a play by Andrew Wiggins.
In the fourth quarter, Wiggins drove to the basket and leaped into the air. Mavericks star Luka Doncic tried to contest the shot, but he ended up being epically posterized in what may go down as the dunk of the entire 2022 NBA Playoffs.
ANDREW WIGGINS EXPLODES TO THE RIM ON TNT 🤯 pic.twitter.com/p18kLhcf1p
— NBA (@NBA) May 23, 2022
Wiggins finished the game with 27 points (11-for-20 from the field), 11 rebounds and four assists.
Then, there was Stephen Curry, who led the team with 31 points scored after shooting 10-for-20 from the field and 5-for-10 from behind the arc.
Doncic tried his best to keep the Mavericks alive in this series, as he put up 40 points in 40 minutes. In fact, 21 of those points arrived in the fourth quarter. Now, the Mavericks are 2-6 when Doncic scores 40 or more points in a playoff game, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
The Warriors certainly look destined for the NBA Finals, but they will have to get that pivotal fourth win. They look to do so as soon as Game 4, which takes place on Tuesday, May 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET.